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Helpful cold weather technology tips

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Portable electronics like smartphones, tablets and notebook computers are a big investment, and need special care in extreme temperatures.

Exposing wireless devices to extreme cold temperatures for extended periods of time may:

  • Cause your battery to drain faster
  • With prolonged exposure, make the phone's hardware more brittle and can lead to cracked screens, especially on devices with glass screens
  • Cause condensation to form inside your screen if you turn it on while it is still cold
  • Increase potential for permanent damage if you leave your device in "sleep mode" for an extended period of time, especially with netbooks.

So here are some tips from AT&T for protecting your devices in extreme cold weather:

  • The biggest and most obvious - don't take your device out in extreme temperatures. When you're outside in weather like this, keep it in your purse, bag or pocket. Keep it protected.
  • Don't leave it in your car or trunk for extended periods of time - definitely not overnight, and if you're in and out of the car all day, don't leave wireless devices sitting in your car all day long.
  • Don't take your phone outside to shovel snow or go sledding with your kids because not only do you expose it to the cold, but you have the chance of getting it wet.
  • Keep your phone or device in a protective case. We recommend something like Lifeproof or OtterBox cases. These are waterproof, drop resistant and dirt proof.
  • Your phone isn't going to stop ringing just because it's cold out, so if you expect to be out in the cold for a while and want to heed our advice about keeping it in your pocket, invest in a Bluetooth device/earbud with mic and call answer buttons so that you can leave the device in your pocket while talking.
  • If you know for some reason that you just have to expose your device to the cold for an extended period of time, turn it off and don't turn it back on until it has warmed up (this helps to keep condensation from forming.)

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